Page of the Day: Days 94 through 100

Welcome back to Page of the Day! For 100 Days, we are sharing 100 pages of 100 books – page by page, in order on our Instagram page. With each different day, a different book is featured. From advanced reader copies of upcoming releases to new paperback editions, you’ll be able to catch a glimpse – and read a short passage – from books perfect for summer reading. Here are those short passages from Days 94 through 100:

Day 94: Savage Country by Robert Olmstead

“The reverend doctor had the first chance at him. He turned his horse and they bravely plunged in, but Charlie’d already shot past and the reverend doctor and his horse were too bogged down to get another try. Elizabeth saw him next and cut left, and Granby took her into the water where it was swift but not so deep. As Charlie came near she could think of nothing else to do except lean over and make a grab for him. If it took her from the saddle, so be it.”

Day 95: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

“This is what it must be like to be married to a widow. You give her bandages for her wounds; you offer comfort when memories sneak up and she cries for what looks like no reason. When she reminisces about the past, you don’t remind her of the things she has chosen not to recollect, all the while telling yourself that it’s unreasonable to be jealous of a dead man.”

Day 97: When the English Fall by David Williams

“He always does talk about the importance of staying strong in the spirit of calmness, of being dutiful and diligent in pursuit of peacefulness, of how important the many rules of the Order are for giving our lives joy and balance. I have heard the same words from Bishop Schrock in every sermon he has preached since Bishop Beiler became too weak to preach.

He is like the sun rising in the morning, or the full moon coming in its turn. Always the same.

But today, perhaps I needed to hear it in a way that I usually do not. When the world is wild and inconsistent, sometimes simple and consistent are a comfort.”

Day 97: The Current by Tim Johnston

“He’d been a good dog, after all. Smart, obedient, happy – devoted to Danny as if he’d never forgotten that day, that sudden change of fortune. When Danny went away, years later, leaving him behind with Rachel and Marky, he was not the same animal. His heart was broken. Sickness saw an opening.

Now in the dawn, in the cold, the dog returned to her. ‘Good boy,’ she said and held open the stormdoor. So much life, so much love, and memory, and grief in such a short-lived life. Does he have any idea what a life is? What his might have meant?”

Day 98: Tasting the Past by Kevin Begos

“ ‘Natural’ generally means farming without pesticides and making wine with no additives, except perhaps a touch of sulfur to guard against spoilage. ‘Biodynamic’ is similar to organic farming, but with an added philosophy that reflects both ancient and modern agriculture. Originating in Germany in the 1920s, biodynamics touts connections between the soil, the plants and trees, and the local animals and insects, as well as using astrological calendars to time work such as planting and harvest.”

Day 99: Burning Down the Haus by Tim Mohr

“ ‘Mita, do you understand how dangerous what you’re doing is? You’d better think long and hard about it.’

‘I don’t have any choice,’ Mita told her. ‘I have to do it.’

And in her head she said, If your generation isn’t going to do anything, then we’ll have to.

For Mita, playing a song like ‘Der Exzess’ was the best form of protest she could imagine. She felt compelled to do it.

Say it, speak it, shout it out loud.

Let the informant listen.

Mita and Jana and A-Micha and Frank new it could be dangerous to say the things they said in their songs, but they didn’t yet understand just how dangerous it could be.”

Day 100: The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose

“The city was slick with ice and everything felt hunkered down. The days barely became light and the nights were whipped and chastened by Atlantic storms. That day everyone had been braced for a blizzard born in Canada. The weather stations were calling it a Category 1 hurricane. But New York, despite snowdrifts up and down the city, was dauntless.”

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